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Holcomb FFA competes in G.C.

Holcomb FFA competes in G.C.

The Holcomb FFA traveled to Garden City on Oct. 9 with 35 students to compete in the district Greenhand, Creed Speaking, Parliamentary Procedure and Ritual Contest.

There were two parts to the Par-Law contest: the students had to take a test over their knowledge base over parliamentary procedure and the second part was the presentation. In the Par-Law contest, the students had motions assigned to them when they went into the room. They had to make the required motion on their card plus an additional motion, and they needed to have four discussions within a 10-minute time period. There are only six allowed on a team to do the presentation, and after the presentation, each one of the students had a question relating to the motion that they had to make.

Overall, the senior team was second high and was awarded a plaque. Members of the team were: Jo Jarnagin, Jordan Jarnagin, Regan Roth, Maggie Roth, Landon Baier and Gavin Swann.

Overall on the Parliamentary procedure test, these students placed: Regan Roth, second, Jordan Jarnagin, third, Baier, sixth, Maggie Roth, eighth, and Jo Jarnagin, 10th. The team was second overall and qualified for the state par-law contest in May 2014.

The Holcomb FFA also had students compete for the ritual contest. The students had to do the FFA ritual part and were judged on their knowledge over their assigned office, as well as their presentation. The team was first and three of the six master ritual winners were from Holcomb. Regan Roth was master ritual vice president, Maggie Roth was master ritual treasurer, and Jordan Jarnagin was master ritual reporter.

Holcomb also took 23 students to the greenhand conference at Garden City Community College, which provided insight into FFA's various activities. The conference was designed to motivate students to excel within the National FFA Organization. Workshops were conducted by the Southwest District Officer Team members, FFA state officers, and included leadership, teamwork and potential contest opportunities in FFA. While at the conference, the greenhands had to take a 50-question test over FFA information and in the top 10 were Michael Thomas, third, Joe Erskin, fourth, Zeke Engler, fifth, and Aaron Elliott was ninth. Holcomb also had two FFA Creed speakers place in the top 10: Jerica Garcia was first and qualified for the state speaking contest, and Liz Mangels was third overall.

Reyes KU Student Housing leader

Student Housing at the University of Kansas named its 2013-14 student leaders. Leadership in the halls includes resident assistants for KU's eight residence halls, proctors and food board managers for 12 scholarship halls, and top officers for the four housing government organizations. More than 175 KU students were selected for these positions, including Vicky Reyes of Garden City.

Reyes is a resident assistant in McCollum Residence Hall.

Resident assistants and proctors receive extra training. They implement a curriculum that emphasizes social responsibility, serve as role models, meet with residents to discuss academic goals and build relationships among residents. Food board managers also coordinate menu planning and food purchasing for their assigned halls. Hall officers are elected to represent their fellow student residents, advocate for residents and plan social activities with them.

Lakin High joins broadcast group

The NFHS Network, in conjunction with the Kansas State High School Activities Association, has announced the addition of three high schools to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program, including Lakin High School.

The program allows participating schools to produce and stream TV-like sporting events and school activities for live and on demand viewing via an individualized school video portal on the NFHS Network at There are now 25 schools in Kansas participating in the program.

In addition to Lakin High School, Leavenworth High School and Nemaha Valley High School have also joined the program.

The program, often part of a broadcast class curriculum or afterschool club, provides students training and live production experience enabling schools to showcase many different types of sporting events and school activities like graduations, theater programs and news shows. In addition to the educational benefits, the program provides participating high schools with new opportunities to generate revenue through advertising and sponsorships.

Students winners in KDOT contest

Six-year-old Bristin Buttry of Plains and 9-year-old Bailey Scoggin and 12-year-old Peter Hall, both of Garden City, are the southwest Kansas winners in the 2013 "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" poster contest.

Each of them receives a bicycle and a helmet donated by Safe Kids Kansas at presentations at their schools.

A total of 867 kids across Kansas ages 5 to 13 took the time to think about safety and participated in the contest. Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day is a nationwide effort to increase roadway safety and reduce all traffic fatalities.

For more information, go to and click on the poster contest information.

Scott Co. schools receive grant

Students in Scott County Schools will soon be using advanced hydroponic technology in science class. Thanks to the support of local farmers and America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, Scott County Schools received a $10,000 grant to purchase an electronic sensor lab, complete with sensors that measure water quality, light, gases, and pH levels, as well as data analysis software and graphing calculators to measure the variables. The funds will also be used to acquire Bluetooth transmitters to communicate with the iPads the district purchased last year as part of its hydroponic lab set-up, also funded by an America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grant.

America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, offers farmers the chance to nominate a local public school district, which can then compete for a grant of up to $25,000 to enhance math and/or science education. More than 1,150 nominated school districts submitted applications. The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million through America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grants this year.

Scott County Schools was presented with the $10,000 grant on Oct. 11.

Nominated school districts across the country submitted grant applications in the spring. During the summer, a panel of educators from ineligible districts reviewed and evaluated applications, based on merit, need and community involvement. The strongest submissions were then sent to the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council. The Advisory Council, comprised of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture and education, selected the winning grant applications from this pool of finalists.

Chambers named KBEA president

Lori Chambers, computer teacher at Kenneth Henderson Middle School, was chosen as president of the Kansas Business Education Association for 2013 during the organization's convention on Oct. 11 in Wichita. Chambers will serve a one-year term in this role.

KBEA members were given the opportunity to experience personal and professional growth during the two-day conference with a keynote speaker, exhibits and workshops.

KBEA is an organization of business teachers from across the state of Kansas. Their mission is to promote an understanding of the general objectives of business teaching on the part of the business teachers of the state of Kansas in middle and high schools, private schools, parochial schools and colleges. They also promote and facilitate programs and activities within the state, designed to assist all business teachers, help them grow in their profession and improve business education in Kansas.

K-State announces summer graduates

Nearly 630 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University this summer. The graduates hail from 61 Kansas counties, 41 states and 31 countries. Of the university's newest graduates 18 also earned graduation honors for their outstanding academic work.

Summer 2013 graduates had the option of participating in the university's 2013 spring or fall commencement ceremonies.

Students earning degrees and students earning graduation honors include:

Garden City: Simon Bolding, Master of Science; Scott Soptick, Master of Accountancy

Hugoton: Matthew Weaver, Master of Science

Moscow: Rebecca Dale, Master of Science

Hahn receives $6,000 scholarship

A Garden City Community College students has been awarded the Dual Admissions Scholarship from Newman University for the fall 2013 semester.

Asha Hahn, who is majoring in elementary education and is currently attending Garden City Community College, received the award.

The scholarship is worth $6,000 over two years.

Eligibility for scholarship requires that the students be accepted and/or enrolled at one of the partner schools.

Students must complete the application for admission for the year that they intend to enroll at Newman University, as well as complete and sign the dual admissions/intent to enroll application.

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